July 22, 2007

september’s coming soon

Posted in books tagged , at 1:47 pm by placeinthestars

I’m mostly enjoying reading everybody’s reactions to HP:TDH, mostly because if someone is saying they didn’t like it, I am not clicking on their post.

Anyway. Some more thoughts, or things I would have liked to get and didn’t…

lots of spoilers


July 21, 2007

a sort of homecoming

Posted in books tagged , at 3:03 pm by placeinthestars

highlight of waiting on line for the book:

We had three bracelets, so my sister, my niece and I wore them, but my nephew was without. When we finally got into the store, we were like, A, stay with us in case they ask to see your bracelet, which you do not have. And he pulls his arms out of his sleeves and into his t-shirt and says, “If they ask me about a bracelet, I’m just going to say, ‘Are you kidding me?'” We were pretty much in stitches over that.

Anyway. The book. I started reading at around 2am, went to sleep around 6, woke up at 11, and finished a little before 1.

spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Enter at your own risk

July 10, 2007

all I’m asking is to be alive

Posted in books tagged , at 12:51 am by placeinthestars


I just reread Miss Whittier Makes a List, and even though Daniel is kind of a huge bastard to Hannah (and she’s so young, which kind of freaks me out now, just like in Marian’s Christmas Wish, Marian is only sixteen!), the ending hits all sorts of buttons for me, and I just cry and cry. spoilers!

July 6, 2007

it’s a nuclear show

Posted in books tagged , at 8:58 pm by placeinthestars

I finally finished reading The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly on the train this afternoon. I really liked it. I thought the way Kelly used primary sources gave it an immediate, visceral quality, and brought what really is a foreign era to life. It made for a compelling narrative instead of a dry recitation of facts.

Now it’s on to America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918 (new edition), which, as some of you may know, is my personal favorite pandemic. Um. If you didn’t know, then yes, I am the kind of person who has a favorite pandemic, and it’s the flu of 1918. I also love non-fiction about virii, even though they freak me the fuck out. Possibly because they freak me out? I don’t even know.